Halloween is Coming!

Just a quick reminder to let you know that we will be having a Halloween party for the children on Friday. We would love to see the children dressed up in there best fancy dress!

If your child doesn’t attend nursery on a Friday, please don’t worry, there are lots of fun activities going on all week.

The children can dress up throughout the week too if they wish.

 

Virtual Family Fun Day

The Early Years team from Edinburgh City Council have planned a virtual fun day on Thursday 22nd October.

It looks like there will be lots of online workshops, yoga for kids, storytelling sessions and more.

Please have a look at the link below where you can sign up if you wish to take part.

Virtual fun day programme

Weekly Recipe – Chicken Fajitas

Ingredients

Chicken breast,

Peppers – any colour you like!,

Onion,

Chilli powder,

Garlic powder,

Onion powder,

Smoked paprika,

Ground cumin,

Oil,

 

Adjust quantities to suit to taste.


Method

  1. Start by finely chopping one onion and sautéing for 5 minutes

  2. Slice the peppers and add to the pan with the onions and cook for a further 5-10 minutes until they start to soften.

  3. Add half the seasoning to cover the onion and peppers and cook for a few minutes.

  4. Dice the chicken breast and add to the pan. Cover the chicken with the remaining seasoning and leave to brown on one side for about 5 minutes.

  5. Flip the chicken and brown on the other side.

  6. Once the chicken has browned – don’t worry if it not cooked all the way through yet! Cover the boiling water and bring to a rapid boil.

  7. Leave for 15-20 minutes or until the sauce have thickened, stirring occasionally.

Serve with wraps, or nachos, or cheese or all three!

Weekly Recipes – Pea and Pesto Pasta

Ingredients

Pasta (any),

Broccoli,

Peas,

Basil,

Spinach,

Olive oil,

Lemon juice,

Garlic,

Parmesan – optional,

Pine nuts – optional,

Method

  1. To make the pesto combine the basil and spinach with the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and salt and pepper and blend together with a stick blender or in a food processor. Adding a little of the oil mixture at a time to get the right consistency.

  2. Cook the pasta as per the packet instructions.

  3. Boil the broccoli florets and peas until tender,

  4. Mix everything together, making sure to give it a good stir so that pesto covers all the pasta.

Adjust quantities to suit.

Weekly recipes – Spanish Tortilla

Ingredients

9 eggs,

2 tbsp milk,

1 onion,

1 potato,

1 clove of garlic,

Splash of oil,

Salad – optional

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C. Start by finely chopping the onion, then peeling and chopping the potato into small cubes.

  2. On a medium heat lightly fry the onions for 5 minutes or until they begin to soften. Add the potato cubes and garlic and fry for a further 5 minutes.

  3. While the potatoes and onions soften whisk the eggs together with the milk and add salt and pepper.

  4. Turn off the heat and add the egg mixture to the pan. Give the mixture a stir to ensure the potato and onions are spread evenly.

  5. Put the frying pan in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Once cooked give the pan a good shake to make sure the tortilla comes out in one piece.

  6. Flip it out of the frying pan on to a chopping board, allow to cool slightly before cutting.

  7. Serve with side salad or as a snack.

One large frying pan will make 12 portions

Protect Scotland App

Following the First Ministers announcement that the Protect Scotland App is now up and running, Early Days Nurseries would like to urge all parents to download it.

This is a free mobile phone app that is designed to help us protect each other, reduce the spread of coronavirus, and avoid further lockdowns.

We have attached the link which explains a little more about the App.

https://protect.scot/

 

Maureen’s Monday Update

Dear Parents and Staff,

Another week and according to Nicola, another few weeks of lockdown.  We have been blessed with the weather and the sunshine makes everything that bit brighter!

The children in the nursery at Walker Street are enjoying the freedom of the garden and the Churchyard, and our new babies have settled in beautifully.  As always the staff have all been superb.

Nikki is enjoying a well earned break and she is tackling painting her new garden fence.

A few of the staff have been given a provisional acceptance at Glasgow University to start the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Child Care, well done everybody!  Several staff have already completed this degree and another group are well on their way on the course.  This is a great achievement for them all and for the nursery. It is wonderful to see staff grow in confidence and competence when they complete this degree.  I thank them for their commitment and professionalism.

For preschool children, the transition programme planned between our nurseries and our school primary one teachers is to be based around the book ‘Going On A Bear Hunt’. I am working with the staff to give you some ideas how to develop this with your child. We are trying to arrange a different staff member reading the story for you and hope this will be available next week.

I have just received information from the City of Edinburgh Council which gives more detail. Please find the information below, and should you have any queries, don’t hesitate to contact me.

P1 Transition Information

From my home to your home.

Best wishes

Maureen.

Lockdown Recipes – Tomato and Basil Pasta Sauce

Ingredients

1 chopped onion,

garlic puree,

1 tsp paprika,

1 tsp turmeric,

basil leaves,

1 tbsp oregano,

400ml chopped tomatoes,

1 tin tuna (optional)

Method

  1. Heat oil in a pan

  2. Add the garlic, onion and spices and cook for a few minutes.

  3. Add the tinned chopped tomatoes

  4. Cook for roughly half an hour.

  5. Add tuna to the sauce and the very end (if using) and warm through.

  6. Serve with your choice of pasta

Serves 4

Lockdown Recipes – Beef Chilli

Ingredients

2 large onions,

500ml mince,

2 large peppers (any colour),

2 tablespoon of tomato puree,

2 x tinned tomatoes,

1 x tin of kidney beans or baked beans,

1 teaspoon of ground black pepper,

2 teaspoon of paprika,

1 teaspoon of ground ginger,

4 teaspoon of cinnamon,

4 teaspoon of cumin,

2 x beef of vegetable stock cubes


Method

  1. Dice the onions and peppers

  2. In a large saucepan, fry the mince, onions, peppers and all spices with a little vegetable oil on medium heat until soft

  3. Add the tin of tomatoes, tomato puree, stock and ½ a cup of boiling water. Cook for 1 hour on a low heat

  4. After cooking for an hour add the kidney beans and heat through.

  5. Serve with rice, taco’s or baked potato – yum!

Serves 4.

Maureen’s May Update

Dear Parents and Staff

A new month and hopefully a new way forward. I was heartened by a recent piece of research which suggests that children do not spread the virus. So whilst we continue with the lockdown, we pray for a consistent lockdown trend and hope a vaccine arrives as soon as possible.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/04/30/children-do-not-seem-transmit-coronavirus-public-health-england/

As mentioned in previous letters, I am assessing our financial situation on a month to month basis and as such there are no fees being charged for the month of May.

To ensure that we adhere to social distancing in the nursery, we have reached our safe capacity and now unable to provide further places at Walker Street at present. Thank you to all our keyworkers who have given us their weekly childcare needs. This has enabled us to offer childcare to some vulnerable families.

Nikki will be on holiday for the next two weeks and Steph McQueenie will be leading the team. Should you require any information, please contact the following numbers and emails:

Maureen Crandles – 07789 937 055 or maureen@earlydaysnurseries.org.uk

Walker Street Nursery – 0131 226 5751 / 0131 241 0058 or contact@walkerstreetnursery.org.uk

Finally, Nikki has been asked for some of our lovely nursery recipes which we will send out every day next week – enjoy!

Best Wishes,

Maureen